Commission on Ministry

The diocesan Commission on Ministry is charged by the national and diocesan canons to “advise and assist the Bishop in the implementation of the national and diocesan ministry canons.”  It consists of “not less than fifteen members, including Priests, Deacons, and at least six lay persons.  It shall seek to represent the diversity of the Diocese in terms of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities and age” (Canons 20.1.1 and 20.2.1 of the Diocese of Pennsylvania).

“The Commission shall advise and assist the Bishop: (a) In the implementation of Title III [“Ministry”] of these Canons; (b) In the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons; (c) In the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment of readiness therefor” (Canon III.2.2 of Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church).

The Commission on Ministry performs its essential work on behalf of the diocese and the larger Church with prayer, diligence, good spirit, mutual affection and respect, and essential humor. COM members are indeed as diverse as our diocese—in race, gender, liturgical style, economic status, geography, age, politics, and theological conviction. We trust this diversity models for the congregations and clergy of the diocese the diversity of nominees we hope will seek ordination.

Members of the COM are prepared to talk with congregations about the ministry of all the baptized as well the specifics of the ordination process.  The process contains many essential steps, each of which, we pray, allows generous room for the work of the Holy Spirit. Please call or write Canon Jill Mathis at Church House for details (jillm@diopa.org or 215-627-6434, ext.102).

The members of the COM are honored to serve the Diocese and the Church in the holy, moving, and sometimes painful work of helping devout people discern God’s call. There is deep satisfaction and joy in seeing the Holy Spirit move in the lives of those called by God to ordained ministry in the church, and our faith in God and love for our Church are renewed by our work.

As of October 2016, these are the members of the Commission on Ministry:


TERM ENDS 2017
Mr. Frank Johnson (2012)
2001 Hamilton Street, Apt #725
Philadelphia, PA 19130
African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas H: 215.854.1777
Email: frankj2011@gmail.com
TERM ENDS 2018
Ms. Barbara Dundon (2013)
6030 Bridget Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill H: 215.438.8460
Email: Dundon.barbara@gmail.com
The Rev. Mariclair Partee-Carlsen (2013)
1027 Arch Street, #406
Philadelphia, PA 19107
St. Mary’s, Hamilton Village C: 770.344.8654
Email: rector@stmarysatpenn.org
TERM ENDS 2019
The Rev. Dennis Coleman (2014)
121 Church Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
St. Peter’s Church, Phoenixville O: 610.933.2195
Email: dennisecoleman@gmail.com
The Rev. Karen Kaminskas (2014)
Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester
212 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Holy Trinity, West Chester C: 610.350.8831
Email: Karenkaminskas726@gmail.com
Ms. Marilyn MacGregor (2014)
1032 Federal Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia C: 215.390.1700
Email: marilynmacgregor@gmail.com
The Rev. Erika Takacs (2015)
St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia
1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
St. Marks Church, Philadelphia O: 215.735.1416
Email: etakas@saintmarksphiladelphhia.org
TERM ENDS 2020
Mr. Todd Brown (2016)
281 Anderson Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Christ Church, Philadelphia Email: tbrown721@yahoo.com
Ms. Eugenie Dieck (2016)
903 Hagy’s Mill Road
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill Email: dieckeugenie@gmail.com
Dr. Darryl Ford (2016)
3830 The Oak Road
Philadelphia, PA 19129
St. George St. Barnabas,
Philadelphia
Email: dford@penncharter.com
Ms. Anita Friday (2016)
2063 White Horse Road
Berwyn, PA 19312 
St. David’s, Radnor Email: ayfriday@gmail.com
TERM ENDS 2020
The Rev. Michael Giansiracusa (2016)
St. Mary’s Church, Ardmore
P. O. Box 86
Ardmore, PA 19003
St. Mary’s Church, Ardmore O: 610.649.1486
Email: mike.gian86@gmail.com
The Rev. Betsy Ivey (2016)
St. Simon the Cyrenian
1401 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
St. Simon the Cyrenian O: 215.468.1926
Email: rector.stsimonthecyrenianchurc@gmail.com
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel (2016)
8020 St. Martin’s Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118
St. Martin-in-the-Field, Chestnut Hill O: 215.247.7466
Email: jkerbel@stmartinec.org
The Rev. Peter Kountz (2016)
267 St. Joseph’s Way
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square O: 215.567.1267
Email: pkatssa@aol.com
The Rev. Andrew Phillips (2016)
200 South Narberth Avenue
Narberth, PA 19072
Christ Church, Philadelphia O: 215.922.1695
Email: andrew@apphillips.com
The Rev. Daniel Stroud (2016)
St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh
P. O. Box 247
Fort Washington, PA 19034
St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh O: 215.233.3970
Email: dstroud@stthomaswhitemarsh.org
BISHOP OVERSEEING THE ORDINATION PROCESS – PRIESTHOOD
The Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutiérrez
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Diocese of Pennsylvania
Bishop
O: 215.627.6434
Email: dgutierrez@diopa.org
STANDING COMMITTEE’S SUBCOMMITTEE on ORDINATIONS
Ms. Debora Brown
St. Andrew & St. Monica
6141 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139
St. Andrew & St. Monica O: 215.222.7606
Email: tasha.taj1004@gmamil.com
The Rev. Hillary Raining (2013)
St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne
226 Righters Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035
St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne O: 610.688.7947 x 216
Email: hillaryraining@saintchristophers.org
DIOCESAN STAFF
Canon Jill Mathis
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Diocese of Pennsylvania
Canon for Transition Ministry 
O: 215.621.8302
Email:jillm@diopa.org
Marcia White
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Diocese of Pennsylvania
Assistant Transition Ministry
O: 215.621.8306
Email: marciaw@diopa.org